Guildford  Surrey


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Guildford like this:

Guildford, mun. bor. and co. town, W. Surrey, on river Wey, 30 miles SW. of London by rail -- bor. (partly in Shalford and Stohe pars.), 535 ac., pop. 10,858; 3 Banks, 5 newspapers. Market-days, Tuesday and Saturday. The first mention of Guildford is in the will of Alfred the Great; it is a picturesque old town, containing slight remains of a Norman castle and some interesting buildings. ...

The Royal Free Grammar-School was founded in 1509. With the exception of a few breweries and flour mills, nearly all the trade of the town is connected with agriculture. Its grain and cattle markets have a high reputation. The bor. returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.

Guildford through time

Click here for graphs and data of how Guildford has changed over two centuries. For statistics for historical units named after Guildford go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Guildford in Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 14th July 2024

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